Monday, March 7, 2011

Inventory of current supplements

Endurance Planet, as you may know, is one of my favorite podcasts.  They put prompts up on Facebook so as a follow-up to my stress fracture question that was covered a few weeks earlier  I put up a question about calcium sources.  It was discussed on the February 16 episode with Ben Greenfield.  He mentioned the importance of magnesium in conjunction with calcium, something I had not previously considered.

So my immediate reaction is I'd better make sure I'm getting enough magnesium, and I quickly look at all my pill bottles and labels which have virtually no Mg to speak of, and I high-tail it to the health food store and buy myself a new calcium supplement that has magnesium.  I proudly tell Jake about my new purchase, and he reminds me that with all the spinach, almonds, peanut butter, almond butter, yogurt, etc that I eat I am probably not so deficient.

I'm ashamed to think that I didn't consider my food sources first!!  That always beats a supplement.  I am still a nutrition newbie, knowing just enough to be dangerous sometimes.

I do use a few supplements on a regular basis though.  I have better reasons for some than others.  Time for an inventory and maybe some homework.

As needed:
  • Whey protein and carb slam (waxy maize starch) - a standard post-workout recovery shake mix for after gym sessions
  • Casein protein - a-MAZ-ing mixed with peanut butter and water for dessert!
  • Creatine Monohydrate - used to minimize leg muscle loss during immobilization, I also cycle it in during heavy bench press season in the winter.
  • Scivation Xtend - Branched Chain Amino Acids - helps with building lean muscle mass, I add it to water during workouts, and an extra benefit is that it encourages me to drink more because it's flavored.
  • Calcium with D3, K, Magnesium - because I'm a girl trying to avoid future stress fractures.
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin with MSM - the reason I take this goes back to my experience owning old horses. The vets recommended this for joint mobility and I swear it made a difference.  Sometimes I think vets are ahead of human docs in what they know. And see, my joints are good, it's the in-between parts that have had issues.
  • Women's multivitamin - with a long list of minerals too
  • Fish oil